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Billy Franks – Mass [1990]

This is one of those hidden secrets most of the people out there don’t even know abouzt its exostence. Billy Franks released this album and I don’t know when it exactly was, cause there is no year given on CD and booklet (1990 or 1992)… It must be the late 80s or early 90s when “Mass” came out at a small indie label valled Icon Records. Influenced from 80s Rock music, it contains some really cool AOR tunes with pretty good guitar work, catchy hooklines and a solid production. The vocals of Billy Franks are rough and remind of singers like Tom DeLuca, Michael Des Barres and Benny Mardones.

The song “Age” opens the album and it’s a well produced and arranged smooth and laidback Westcoast-influenced song…. not really the rocking opener I expected… but already track 2, “Beautiful Heresy” comes up with a cool uptempo beat, rocking guitars and a nice chorus that reminds of Tom DeLuca meets Benny Mardones. “This Evil Man” is a wonderful arranged acoustic ballad, where Franks shows his vocal range…. very good ballad! “Behind, Beneath, Beyond” and “Seven NOtes” are tow more midtempo AOR tracks with memorable hooklines, while “The Boy Who Was Afraid Of Nothing” comes up again with cool guitar riffs and is a cool uptempo rocker in the vein of DeLuca and Jimmy Harnen.

Sound and production are pretty well for an indie release and I can recommend this record to any AOR collectors out there, who are still looking for real obscure indie gems. It’s very hard to find!

Band Members
Billy Franks – Guitars,vocals

Tracks
01. Age
02. Beautiful Heresy
03. Sometimes Almost Heaven
04 .Aimless, Pointless, Rootless, Careless And Free
05. This Evil Man
06. Behind Beneath Beyond
07. Seven Notes In Search Of This Song
08. The Boy Who Was Afraid Of Nothing
09. Feels Like Coming Home
10. Mass

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